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St Hilda's School
Girls STEAM into the Future at St Hilda’s
There’s no career path that students at St Hilda’s School aren’t encouraged to pursue, particularly in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM). The all-girls Pre-Prep to Year 12 Gold Coast school has earned a reputation as a fierce advocate for the participation of young women in STEAM-related industries.
The school has designed its curriculum to provide students with rich, meaningful and challenging STEAM-based experiences. These experiences start early in the girls’ education, with research confirming one of the best ways to influence gender equality in STEAM-based futures is by exposing young women to learning opportunities in these fields at a young age. At St Hilda’s, students from Years 3 to 6 work collaboratively on a STEAM-based project of their choice during a weekly timetabled STEAM session. Students choose one project to work on each semester and showcase their final work to families and friends at the school’s biannual STEAM fair. Student projects have included, drone construction, creating custom laser-cut jewellery, bridge construction, alternative powered vehicle design, coding robotics, sports biometrics, working with encryption, action research and implementing school-wide sustainability projects.
So strong is the school’s passion for STEAM, a group of dedicated teaching professionals established a learning festival, now called TECHpalooza. In 2018 TECHpalooza, which is hosted by St Hilda’s School, will explore the transformative ideas, social collaboration and creativity educators use to integrate digital technologies into student learning. Participants will hear from keynote speakers and attend hands-on workshops on topics, such as Augmented and Virtual Reality, drone construction, coding and Iphoneography, and leave with new skills, ideas and strategies to implement in their classrooms.
“We endeavour to inspire our girls to become not only participants in the future of STEAM-based industries, but leaders.”
- Coordinator of Innovation & Learning, Daniel Martinez